Uhuru warns governors over divisive politics as Kingi, Joho skip opening ceremony

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses governors during the opening of the Governors induction ceremony. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kwale, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday urged Governors to shun divisive politics and work with the national government.

Speaking when he officially opened Governor’s Induction conference in Diani Ukunda, President Kenyatta said he will work with Governors despite their political affiliations.

“Whether you are in the national government or county level, we have been elected by the same people. Those people did not elect us to be divisive”, he said.

He also said he is open to dialogue with Governors but stressed that the constitution must be respected.

“I extend a hand of friendship and partnership. But let me make it very clear. Everything we do, we must do within constitutional order”, he added.

Mr. Kenyatta also warned that actions will be taken against people threatening the state or lives of Kenyans.

Kwa hivyo as long as those things are kando, mambo hayo mengine yote tuongee tujadiliane. Hio laini mkipita, basi ni shauri yenu..sheria ni sheria”, said Kenyatta.

Meanwhile, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his counterpart Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi snubbed the event.

Governor Joho decided to chair his first Cabinet meeting when President Uhuru officially opened the Governors Induction.

“I chaired my first cabinet meeting for my second term to lay out strategies for development and service to the people of our County. From now it is all systems go.” Posted Joho on his official twitter handle.